What to do and see in Chiang Mai, Thailand: The Best Places and Tips

August 5, 2017 Renato Branum

You could spend your whole Chiang Mai vacation exploring the famous Night Bazaar. Once you’ve exhausted the art of the cheerful haggle, however, there’s plenty more to explore. The National Museum and Botanic Garden are great places to soak up some local culture and to breathe in the delicate fragrance of Thai orchids. In the city’s center, the remains of ancient walls embrace over 30 temples. Limber travelers can climb 300 stairs to Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep, an ornate Buddhist temple in the hills.
Restaurants in Chiang Mai

1. Elephant Care & Grand Canyon Jumping

99 31 Sridonchai Rd, Chiang Mai 50100, Thailand +66 61 810 9934
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5 based on 99 reviews

Elephant Care & Grand Canyon Jumping

One day Hill tribe elephant care village & Grand Canyon Jumping! NO RIDING, NO BEATING . Meet the elephants. Feed,interact, and play with the elephants in their natural home as you learn about their behavior and history. Take photos with the elephants. Enjoy a lunch of traditional Thai food and fresh fruit join the elephants for a therapeutic mud spa. Bathe and brush the elephants in the river. Leave the village say goodbye to the elephants. The Grand Canyon in Chiang Mai in an experience you will not want to miss if you love adventure, especially cliff jumping! Pump up your adrenaline by jumping off 10m or 20m cliff into blue / green water or enjoy a relaxed swim with friends.

Reviewed By Hugo F

A real company, no lies and an amazing day! We spend a day with elephants and it’s was just fabulous! Feed them, walk with them, bath them ! We spend an amazing day! For me it’s the best company! Don’t hesitate to do with Elephant...MoreThank you very much for your nice review and support our program. Hopefully to see you again. Best regards

2. Wat Pha Lat

Suthep-Pui Road, Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand
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4.5 based on 294 reviews

Wat Pha Lat

Reviewed By Sensati0n - Sofia, Bulgaria

From the whole trip in Chiang Rai, this was my favorite place. You have the feeling as if you are in a movie. The place is very authentic and if you go in the afternoon there probably won't be any people.
If you are coming with car, you can park it next to the entrance or close to the road in the beginning, but keep in mind that the parking is not very big.
There is also a coffee shop.
Keep in mind that it may be chilly and it is good to have something to put on.

3. Bua Thong Waterfalls (Nam Phu Chet Si)

Moo 8 | Mae Ho Phra, Mae Taeng 50150, Thailand 6653248607
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4.5 based on 524 reviews

Bua Thong Waterfalls (Nam Phu Chet Si)

Reviewed By keleonard2 - Bogota, Colombia

My sister and I were deciding between renting motorbikes, getting a songthaew, and going on a tour. We were worried about motorbikes because many tourists have been stopped by the police and fined if they don’t have an international drivers license, so we looked into tours online just to check prices. We heard a songthaew would cost about 1000-1500 baht for the day, so we were looking for something comparable. We found our tour guide Piangduan through Take Me Tour. It cost 900 baht per person (about $30), but Piangduan picked us up from our hostel, showed us all around the pools and Waterfalls, took great pictures, and brought us a delicious lunch of pad Thai, local fruits, and mango sticky rice. It was one of our favorite activities in Chiang Mai and would definitely recommend as a great way to get out of the heat for a day!

4. Ploen Ruedee Night Market

Chang Klan Road | Opposite Mosque, Chiang Mai 50100, Thailand +66 92 265 8741
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4.5 based on 368 reviews

Ploen Ruedee Night Market

Chill out food park in an open space environment right in the heart of Chiang Mai town. We serve different varieties of delicious food from selected vendors.

Reviewed By Ben A - Manchester, United Kingdom

The market offers lots of different international food and drink options. We tried a few different things and it was all amazing. It was a nice break from the cheap plates of Thai food available elsewhere. We would recommend the meat skewers available at a...MoreHello. Thank you for visiting us. It's good to hear that you liked our food. Sincerely, Roy Gunatilaka

5. Wat Chedi Luang Varavihara

103 Phra Pok Klao Road | Phra Singh, Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand +66 53 276 140
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4.5 based on 6 reviews

Wat Chedi Luang Varavihara

Built about 600 years ago, this impressive temple once housed the precious Emerald Buddha.

Reviewed By P_I_Campbell

I spent over an hour wandering into the various Pagoda's and temples. There is an onsite museum and the opportunity to "meet a Monk". They find this educational as they have the opportunity to practice speaking English. It is beneficial as they explain their daily routines and what it means to be a monk.
The main temple in the middle, is over 600 years old and has been rebuilt many times due to Earthquakes. I have some stunning photographs here.

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